Saturday, August 13, 2011



I’ve never read Jennifer’s blog, let alone met her or her family, but word gets around the blogosphere lightening fast.

My heart breaks when I catch glimpses of what happened. How her twitter stream went from happy countdown to vacation to bam!

“He’s gone. And my heart is shattered in a million pieces.”

I can’t even bring myself to watch the video clip she posted a few days later of her daughter dancing with her father. Especially as I watched my own Mikey dance with our new daughter two nights ago trying to pacify Colbie just a bit as I prepared to feed her.

Even though I wasn't able to whip a Creamy Peanut Butter Pie up yesterday on the day his life was being celebrated, I made sure to tell my Mike just how much I love him and he means to me while we were out at our first family dinner in a restaurant commemorating my first full week back at work. Then today Colbie and I set to work making pie.

In honor of her Mikey.

...And in honor of mine.


Creamy Peanut Butter Pie (gently adapted from In Jennie's Kitchen)

Serves approximately 8

- 8 ounces of oreos
- 4 Tbs butter, melted
- 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
-1 cup heavy cream
- 8 ounces neufatchel cheese
- 1 cup creamy peanut butter
- 1 cup confectioner sugar
- 1 14-oz can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- Hershey's syrup to garnish

- Pulse oreos in food processor to a fine crumb.
- Combine melted butter and crumbs in a bowl and mix well until butter coats all crumb.
- Press mixture into the bottom and 1 inch up the side of a 9-inch springform pan.
- Melt chocolate in microwave (start with a minute, stir, and heat more if needed).
- Pour chocolate on top of crust and spread to edges.
- Refrigerate crust until ready to add filling.

- Beat heavy cream in chilled bowl until stiff peaks form. Transfer whipped cream to a smaller bowl and refrigerate until needed.
- In same bowl, beat neufachatel cheese and peanut butter on medium until light & fluffy.
- Reduce speed and slowly add in confectioners sugar.
- Add sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice.
- Increase speed back to medium and beat until filling is smooth.
- Stir in 1/3 of the whipped cream with a spatula.
- Fold in remaining whipped cream.
- Pour filling into crust pan and drizzle with Hershey's Syrup.
- Place pie in refrigerator overnight or in freezer for a couple hours to firm up before serving.


The strength of the blogging community and the power of social media is amazing. The amount of support shown to Jennifer and her girls is overwhelming.

CNN post | pies around the blogosphere | #apieformikey | heartfelt tribute movie

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